by Olaf von Voss | 16th September 2016
Zacuto just has introduced a new baseplate, called the VCT Pro, which replaces their existing universal baseplate. They’ve managed to reduce the weight even more and have added some interesting features also. Zacuto VCT Pro Baseplate Let’s start with a quote here. With the introduction of their universal VCT basplate a few years ago, Steve Weiss claimed: This will be the last baseplate you’ll ever need. Well, here we are at IBC 2016 with a new baseplate, probably the last one you’ll ever need! There are some nice upgrades, though, so let’s have a close look. new Zacuto VCT Pro baseplate with the top plate in red Features of the VCT Pro Zacuto have managed to reduce the weight of this baseplate by getting rid of every ounce possible. The soft gel pad is still in place, it just has been moved a little bit to one side in order to achieve perfect balance of the whole rig. The real improvement is the now detachable top plate which can be slid back and forth for about 12″. The idea is to get one of these top plates for every camera you’ll be using on a given shoot. With these attached you can be really at lightning speed when it come to switch camera from tripod to shoulder operation. The one feature that made the original universal VCT baseplate special, namely the expanded space on the rods for mounting things like follow focuses and other things is still in place, as well. And they’ve added the ability of fastening and unfastening both, the rods in the front and the ones in the back with just one thumb screw respectively. No more screw-in rods in the back, which is a nice upgrade, I think. the gel pad of the VCT Pro So in the end this is really an evolution rather a revolution but it’s nice to see that Zacuto is improving and polishing existing products until they are perfect for what they were made for. What do you think? Is this something worth upgrading to? The price is set to $650.Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 13th April 2014
Zacuto is being talked about for several of their newly introduced products, but the Gratical HD EVF is certainly the most impressive one. Jens gave me some details on the new, extremely compact OLED viewfinder that was presented as a prototype at NAB. It sports a resolution of 1280×1024 which is not too far away from full HD. The aspect ratio is 4:3 which they used to conveniently display all data and histogram information below the camera picture. The OLED panel gives you very good contrast ratio and colours and the glass they implemented allows for an ideal viewing of the entire screen and had a great field of view. There are inputs for hdmi as well as 3G-SDI allowing the input of 4K signals and it has cross conversion between the two making it convenient to be used on setups with different input types. The Gratical HD will be available in October and is targeted at professionals with a price point of $3000. They will also have a lower resolution version which will be called Gratical LT (1024×768) which will come in at $1500. Another new product Jens was showing to us was the VCT Universal Baseplate that is an extremely flat dovetail plate with an included gel shoulder pad. I was especially fond of this product as it allows for a very quick adjustment and perfectly balanced position of the camera which I’ve been recommending for years. Great design and looking forward to this essential rig piece.Read more
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